This past weekend we checked off one of our two out-of-state travels for the Pac-12 season. I was especially stoked for the Utah/Colorado trip because it was my first real road trip with the team since being back from the Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
I had never been to Utah, but I already thought it was cool since “High School Musical” and “The Luck of the Irish” (yes, the Disney Channel movie) were both filmed there. After actually experiencing the state, I am really a fan. I thought Utah was scenic. Not only was it super pretty, the weather was beautiful, despite coach Paul Ratcliffe’s awful and very inaccurate weather forecast. By that, I mean the day of our pregame practice, Paul was flabbergasted we were all in shirts, shorts and jacketless. He insisted we fetch our enormous puffy jackets, claiming it would be in the low 30s. The picture I posted with this blog is the so-called “30-degree day.” Utah 1, Paul 0.
I thought the game Friday went well. My teammates and I beat Utah 1-0, with a clutch winner from senior Nina Watkins. Despite being far from the Farm, the Stanford crowd was still in existence. Olympic gold medalist/Stanford swimming alum Summer Sanders (for the ‘90 babies, she was the host of “Figure It Out”) showed her support by coming to our game with her adorable children and nieces.
When we touched down in Colorado, there may have been a snowflake or two -- perfect weather for snuggling in a robe, sipping some hot chocolate and cuddling up by the fire with a good read. Well ‘‘X’’ the last two activities and add some college football, and that is exactly what my teammates and I did. We watched our football team’s game Saturday with a good ol’ Robe Rally. No, this is not an actual event, and yes, it was created by my teammate Hannah Farr prior to Stanford’s overtime win over Arizona.
The game against Colorado on Sunday was a battle. Being down 1-0 for a majority of the game, our seniors showed their leadership by scoring both goals -- Mariah Nogueira with the equalizer and less than a minute later Alina Garciamendez with the game winner.
Sometimes it is necessary to step off campus for a while. This road trip was perfect for that. Two wins on the road were not only important in our goal of winning the Pac-12 but also crucial to our overall journey, the journey every collegiate team is embarking on right now. Hopefully, my teammates and I are creating the path to the final destination we were blessed enough to reach last year.